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What is the remedy for recurring cold due to food allergy ?

I get frequent colds once every 2 weeks which I believe are triggered by a reaction to food containing oil, butter or ghee. The reaction is not immediate and usually builds up over a 2 week period. The cold starts with a throat infection (with itching) followed by continuous sneezing, runny nose and irritation in eyes for 2 days, and possible infection/ cough . I literally cannot eat anything as most food usually will have one of the above as an ingredient. Is there anything I can do to treat this or should this be treated as a common cold .
Asked On : Tue, 27 Mar 2012
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Hi there,

I think it is quite unlikely that the cause could be oil/butter/ghee. What makes you think that you could be reacting to the oil? Any family history of similiar complaints? Any family history of skin rashes or asthma. I think you might be having allergic rhinitis, probably due to something in the weather, dust, smoke,etc. I would suggest that you take a tablet of lee-cet(levocetirizine) 5mg once a day at night for 10days starting from the onset of symptoms. This medicine might cause sedation. So, do not drive or operate heavy machinery while on medication. Hope this helps. Still, if you dont feel better, get back to me for any queries:)
Answered: Tue, 27 Mar 2012
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